Well New York, it has been a pleasure. I am leaving on a jet plane (don’t know when I’ll be back again–seriously), to Chicago tomorrow morning. But I ain’t leaving without a last hoorah! For me, there are a few essentials to having a perfect going-away, and they consist of the ’3 Goods:’ Good Company, Good Food, and Good Conversation. Last night certainly incorporated all 3–here’s the low-down:
1. Good Company
My partner in crime for the evening: Michael Francis McBride, best friend for 5 years and former dance partner. Mickey is always down to have a good time, and expect to have one when you’re with him.
2. Good Food
Michael and I indulgently wined and dined last night at a quaint restaurant called August in the heart of Greenwich Village (yep, I made it downtown again!). This critically acclaimed bistro serves authentic European cuisine, frequently changing their menu in accordance with the seasons. With this currently frigid climate you’ll find fare that comforts the soul with choices like a decadent roasted pumpkin soup, and entrees like Baked Fluke served on top of a creamy oatmeal risotto and Irish soda bread. For desert, an apple cranberry bread pudding and pumpkin pear cake topped off with a dollop of whip cream (yes, we ordered two desserts!) We dined in the heated atrium, so we got an outdoorsy feel without having to brave the cold!
3. Good Conversation
There were plenty of laughs shared last night, along with ambitions, frustrations, inspirations, fears, dreams–you name it, we probably talked about it. A good conversation was long overdue for the two of us; he is away on tour a lot with Alvin Ailey, and I had been living in Chicago until I got the temporary freelance job at SELF. It was refreshing to share my thoughts, and even more refreshing to be a listening ear.
Michael and I
What an amazing end to an amazing chapter. Although I am saying goodbye to NYC (for now ) there are so many more adventures and experiences in Chicago to share, and I cannot wait to discover what’s in store . Chicago here I come!